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The road to empowerment

2016
2016

APR 2016

idea

Founding team formed. Operations begin with a mandate to protect the rights of vulnerable and visually disabled children, in their ability to access books and develop reading skills.

2017
2017

APR 2017

braille

30,000 accessible book formats published constituting print braille, large print and audio, pre-empting the Ara initiative.

2017

MAY 2017

book-shelf

1,000 books donated to the Emirati Jordanian refugee camp on an outset programme prior to the Pledge a Library initiative launch.

2017

AUG 2017

rocket

Ara initiative launched with the goal of distributing and producing books, for visually impaired and blind children.

2017

NOV 2017

inauguration

Pledge a Library initiative launched at Sharjah International Book Fair 2017, with the aim of delivering books in Arabic, to Middle Eastern refugee and asylum-seeking groups around the world.

2017

DEC 2017

book-shelf

2,000 books distributed to children in refugee and asylum-seeking communities in Sweden.

2017

DEC 2017

braille

400 braille, large print and audio books distributed to visually disabled children in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

2018
2018

MAR 2018

surveyor

Surveying beings on populations of visually impaired and blind children in the Middle East, North and East Africa.

2018

NOV 2018

contract

WIPO-led Accessible Books Consortium and Kalimat Foundation agree on collaboration for the production of born accessible books in Arabic, adapted for visually disabled children.

2018

DEC 2018

book-shelf

3,500 books distributed to children in refugee and asylum-seeking communities in Armenia, Brazil, France, Germany, Hong Kong and Tunisia.

2018

DEC 2018

braille

1,450 braille, large print and audio books distributed to visually disabled children in Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

2019
2019

APR 2019

presentation

10 MENA publishing houses trained on born accessible production for the visually disabled.

2019

DEC 2019

book-shelf

6,100 books distributed to children in refugee and asylum-seeking communities in Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Russia and Greece.

2019

DEC 2019

braille

1,580 braille, large print and audio books distributed to visually disabled children in Kuwait, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.

2020
2020

FEB 2020

ribbon

Ara shortlisted for the ABC 2020 international Excellence Awards, under the initiative category.

2020

APR 2020

EPUB3

100 accessible EPUB3 books produced in Arabic, allowing for advanced benefit in reading on digital platforms for the visually impaired and blind.

2020

DEC 2020

book-shelf

500 books distributed to children in refugee and asylum-seeking communities in the United Kingdom, Kenya and Somalia.

2021
2021

JAN 2021

braille

1,366 braille, large print and audio books distributed to visually disabled children in Palestine and the United Arab Emirates.

2021

APR 2021

Partnership agreement signed with Book Aid International for Africa, in support of the Pledge a Library programme.

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